Wednesday, December 2, 2009

So, What Purpose is Driving Rick Warren? Here's a clue: Newsweek reports Rick Warren refuses to denounce the Ugandan Anti-Homosexulaity bill

By Rev. Steve Parelli, Bronx, NY

This week I received an email from a Christian in Uganda asking for study materials to give to a pastor who is asking questions about the Bible and homosexuality. I sent him the link to the material we presented in Kampala in 2008 at our full day seminar on the Bible and homosexuality attended by 40 plus gay Christians.

Rick Warren is at the opposite end of the spectrum of the work Other Sheep performs. Other Sheep presents information on homosexuality and the Bible from a scholarly approach and shows how scripture does not condemn mutually committed same-sex relationships.

Evidently, Rick Warren is of the opinion that his religion is the only religion that should be discussed in Uganda - after all, according to a Newsweek article, he has refused to denounce the Anti-Homosexuality bill which, among other things, would have zero tolerance for any speech seen as promoting homosexuality. Under this bill Rick Warren could return to Uganda and say whatever he wanted to about homosexuality. Other Sheep could not. So much for free speech in Uganda. So much for Rick Warren's sense of American fairness, free speech and the scholarly pursuit of Biblical studies. So, what purpose is driving Rick Warren?  I think we know. 

Columnist David Gibson discusses the question If Uganda Executes Gays, Will American Christians be Complicit?  Well, at least one American has already shown himself complitict - Rick Warren.

Photo:  Monument to Uganda's Independence, Kampala, Uganda.  By Steve Parelli

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